This is Tip #17 from my Special Report written for recent high school graduates. It is also relevant to most adults. (Make that all adults.)
Not long ago, the term multitasking came into vogue, and everybody started to wear it like a badge of courage. What you did not read about was the associated stress that accompanies multitasking, along with the multitude of major-league screw-ups resulting from such a counter- productive practice. The jury is back, and the proof has been documented. Multitasking does not work. Most people believe they are smart enough to pull it off. News Flash. You are not.
If you happen to be driving a car and attempt to multitask anything, this categorizes you as an idiot in my book. Driving is a serious responsibility and demands skill, reflex, judgment and focus. This is just one example. There are many. Along these lines, there is a Chinese saying that reminds us “a person who chases two rabbits catches neither.”
Multitasking is a term used for attempting to handle a number of tasks at the same time. It is not unlike watching a juggler keeping numerous balls in the air. The difference is that the juggler usually keeps those balls in the air without any outside interference and should he allow one prop to fall to the ground, there usually aren’t any serious repercussions. He just picks up the dropped object, and starts over.
On the job, you are continually bombarded with input coming from all directions. Others who feel that their agendas are more important than yours’ are constantly challenging your attention. Multitasking, in my experience, is just another term for “screwing up a number of things all at the same time.”
My advice is to focus on one task at a time. Complete each assignment to the best of your ability before moving on.
Message: Do not multitask. Do not text and drive. Do not read this book while watching television.
“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
-Famous Line From Movie Cool Hand Luke
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